Showing posts from January, 2008

Let Sleeping Tigers Lie

Wanna rub my belly for luck??

You didn't need to clean the sink just for me!

Don't worry, I'll keep watch from up here.

Thanks for the snuggly blanket!

Please, no more photos. I must rest.....

And Yet Another Meme

Here's the deal:

1. Go to the current book you're reading.
2. Go to Page 161.
3. Copy down the 5th sentence.

"We'll never have a baby of our own," he said softly.

YIKES! Well doesn't THAT sound depressing! I'm reading Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber and if you've ever read the series, that was the main character's husband comforting her abt not having kids. Despite the negative undertones, it really is a good book. She's such a great story teller and her books really come alive for me.

Another good series that I've been reading is by Maggie Sefton. She has a knitting mystery series that is really good. The first one was *okay*, but I really enjoyed the rest of them. So far there are four of them and I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Still not getting much done. I called the dr yesterday and they called in an antibiotic because they are so backlogged, they can't see me. Hopefully these meds will work with the rest that I…

B is for


Baby Girl loves her ballet class. Would go every day if she could.


How many of you can say you have a boat dry docked in your backyard?!? The IO bought it 7 years ago so that he could take us sailing. I didn't realize he was coming home with a dingy and refused to let #1 Son or myself on it. It has lived in our backyard ever since doing odd jobs to earn its keep. It's been a pool, a planter and a birdfeeder. Now it's buried in the corner of the backyard waiting to become a water feature.

Banana Muffins

Had to add these since we make them so often. They are one of the easiest things to make. I had been looking for a good banana bread recipe and they all just seemed too dense for me. Found the recipe on NickJr and we've used it ever since.


During one of the IO's maladies, the Drs scanned his brain to make sure he didn't spring a leak. He didn't and now he proudly shows off this picture that yes indeed he DOES have a brain!

There you have it. My B…

Saturday Meme

Boy I'm out of commission for a short period of time and everybody decides to get chatty on their blogs!! I've missed some memes so I am going to try and get caught up.

First up here is your local sky and temp

Janet tagged me for 7 random things. While I just recently posted some somewhere (too tired to search for it) I will still play.

1. I will never post 100 things abt me so that I can participate in these 7 random thingies.
2. I still don't completely get Ravelry.
3. Because of this I have yet to sign up.
4. When I think about signing up and see there are THOUSANDS of people ahead of me, I leave the site.
5. I'm also afraid to join because from what I can tell, it sucks up more time than a black hole.
6. I already spend more time on the computer than I should.
7. I'm always amazed at friends who can let days go by w/o checking their emails or looking something up on line.

Dee has presented me with the *Make My Day* award!
BTW am I the only one that thinks of Dirty Harry w…

Living in a Fog

I hate being sick. I guess that's an obvious point, but I really do. I was feeling lousy last week and figured I'd be fine by now. Ha! I took Baby Girl to ballet yesterday and had to come straight home because I thought I was going to pass out. I was scheduled to volunteer for a fund raiser today but I passed on that as well. If I don't feel better by Monday I'll call the doctor. I just remember last year when I got sick like this and had a reaction to the meds so I'm a bit skittish to try another med.

With all this lazing around the house, you'd think I'd be getting projects done as well. Nope. I've been laying on the couch during the day and when the rugrats get home, I'm crashing in the bedroom. I've done *some* knitting, but not enough to show. I may pull out a different cross stitch to work on. I want to get the snowman finished, but the glasses give me a headache after awhile. I may pull out the Seasonal Spring, give it 1/2 a chance to be d…

Saturday Stuff

Is it Saturday already? Boy time flies when you're sick. Baby Girl and #1 Son were both sick last wknd. They are much better, but now I'm sick, and the IO is heading that way as well.

Just because I was sick didn't mean I didn't meet up with my stitching group on Thursday. I was very loopy but I still made some progress on my snowman.

The tree is finished and the snowman is just getting started. This project really isnt that hard, but the small, dark fabric is killing me. The reading glasses give me a headache after abt an hour of stitching so I need to switch off to something else.

Being sick has left me with little energy to do much, but knit (my silver lining!). I've been able to finish off the sweater for Samuel.

I've got it drying on the washing machine and I'm hoping to mail it out on Tuesday. I'm not completely thrilled with the fish, but it could be worse. And my seaming is getting better.

Speaking of seaming, I'm trying to finish off #1 Son'…

Third Times a Charm?

Let's hope so because I won't be knitting them up again!

What am I talking abt?? #1 Son's socks. I've had to rip them out yet again because they've been too small. I first cast on back in 2006, finished one and had him try it on. It was too small. Since another pair was given to Baby Girl for this exact reason, I knew I had to rip it out and start again.

Fast forward to September 2007. I cast on again, this time with size 1 needles and I followed a pattern for a basic woman's sock. I decided to work both at the same time so that they would end up fitting him when I was done. I last showed my progress HERE. I was even a bit further along on the foot for one of them. I had him try it on to make sure. Yep, too tight.

The boy does NOT have a big foot, but he has duck feet. Starts out with a regular sized heel, but then as the foot widens, it never tapers back in for the toes. I had him try on my Lorna's Laces (my faves) and he LOVED them. They were a bit long in t…


Ever since I seamed up those 2 recieving blankets for my SIL, I've been itching to sew. Now you gotta know something abt me. I'm not very good, and it takes me forever. I can do BASIC things. Like receiving blankets. Or quilts with squares or rectangles. I've even made some sleep pants and an A-line dress for Baby Girl, but that's it. I can't gather fabric. Don't make me sew triangles. I'm not too sure abt sleeves. When I worked at JoAnn's for a bit, I got inundated with LOTS of sewing ideas for the kids and the house. Plus you see all the fabric on sale. You get first dibs on those remnants. AND you get a 15% discount (more around the holidays). Needless to say, this is when my fabric stash hit an all time high.

I've been weeding thru it and put aside some fabric that I have specific ideas abt. I know I posted a pic of it awhile back, but I can't find it. Anyway yesterday was going to be my sewing day. I pulled out my BOM quilt and I was plannin…

We Made It!!!

I've been reading Stuff On My Cat for some time now and finally decided to send in a picture. It was some time ago and while browsing the site this AM, I saw Princess!!! WE MADE IT!!!!

The guy who posted didn't get it even though I sent in an explanation (it was a diorama that the kids made and Princess went inside it. She is Queen of the Universe!) and the majority of comments are from 4 people talking to each other, but I dont care!! WE MADE IT!!!!!!

Saturday sky

It's amazing how a week back to "normal" can wipe you out after having 3 weeks of time off. It's not even 7:30pm yet and I'm ready to fall asleep. The IO is already there. Once I get the kids to bed I'll be going, too. I'm just too wiped out. We are such party animals here at Happy Acres.

It's been a pretty laid back kind of day; blueberry bread was made for breakfast, dinner was done at 4pm(the early bird special tonight was stewed chicken, rice, corn and a salad). In between K-P duty, yarn and needles were played with.

I pulled out Samuel's sweater to work on the sleeves.

I took this picture before I started and am now 6 inches into it.

The sleeves to Samuel's sweater involve strategically placed increases, which means I have to pay attention and I have no brain for that at night, so I cast on for another sweater, this one for CIC. The current challenge is to knit up sweaters and vests in sizes 2 and 4. I pulled out some wool and cast on. It'…

The Cat House

I am a cat person. My family has always owned cats and it has carried on thru me. We did own 2 dogs, but for the most part we owned cats. Ok maybe they owned us, but you get the point. I made a list of the cats my family has owned in my life time and it's amazing how many we have had over the years. Two dogs and 23 cats, 8 of which are still around. Ten of those have been mine since 1986.

Currently we have 5 under our roof. Of those five, four of them are around a year old, so apparently I'm passing on the feline trait of being owned by a cat to my kids.

January is a big kitty month at Happy Acres since this is when we acquired 3 of our 5 kitties. And its also the month one has a birthday. And my how they've grown! (or aged, depending on the kitty).

See this little kitten waving at you?

He turns 18 in less than 3 weeks.

Now why'd you have to go and remind me of that?!?

Two years ago we went thru a rough time when we lost 3 kitties. So last January we went to the shelter to g…

Random Wednesday

I've been spending the day on and off trying to get caught up on my blog reading and one thing that has definitely caught my attention is how many people have joined KALs that will either keep them from buying new yarn or make them use up what they have. Some have decided that they will be blogging everyday.

Obviously the majority of people will buy more yarn and let WIPs become UFOs, and I really doubt people will be able to blog every day for a year (a month is one thing, but a year?!?), but for the time being, its funny to watch people be so hopeful. There will be a few KALs that I will be watching that will reduce stash, but I know better than to join. I don't do well with those kinds of KALs, and its like setting myself up to fail. Who wants to do that?!?

Meanwhile for those of you who DID join those KALs to reduce stash and UFOs and plan on blogging every day for a year, I WILL be watching!


During my surfing, I'm coming across some …

Vacation Fun

Since the IO and I had yet ANOTHER anniversary (22 years this go around), the in-laws stayed at the house while we went away for the wknd. Instead of staying locally, we decided to leave the state and head out to Savannah, GA. It's abt a 4.5 hour drive, close enough if something happens, far enough to feel like we're really getting away.

While Savannah wasn't as *quaint* as we were expecting, we still had a really nice time. It was very laid back; no rushing, nothing specifically planned, just relaxing and enjoying the area. There was a bit of excitement when we had people come into our room around midnight Friday, but I apparently was so exhausted that I slept thru the majority of it! When we first checked in, the guy gave us a room with 2 queen beds, but then asked if we wanted a room with a King bed instead. I told him that would be nice. "I guess I should sleep with my husband since it IS our anniversary." And I think that is where the problem began. I fluster…